Palestine Book Awards 2019: Shortlist Announced

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10 June 2019

The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) is pleased to announce the books shortlisted for its 2019 Palestine Book Awards. This prestigious event, now in its eighth year, is an annual project that honours and celebrates books in English about Palestine. It is, equally, an attempt to encourage authors and publishers to produce more books on Palestine. 2019 has been another successful year with a total of 43 books submitted for consideration. The shortlist winners selected by the judges have added to the diversity of submissions and genres featuring the Palestinian narrative.

The 2019 shortlisted authors are:

Our panel of Judges this year are:

Haifa Zangana - an Iraqi novelist and author

Ibrahim Darwish - Journalist with Al-Hiwar TV

Alan Waddams - Former chairman of Medical Aid for Palestinians

Subhi Hadidi - Literary critic and political commentator

Nur Masalha- Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS

Victoria Brittain - Former associate foreign editor of the The Guardian

The winners will be announced on the evening of the Awards dinner, which will be held on Friday 1 November, at the Sofitel London St James. There will also be an evening with the shortlisted authors at the P21 Gallery on October 31, to be hosted by Professor Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford.

MEMO offers its heartiest congratulations to the finalists and gratitude to all those who have submitted their work for consideration and to the judges.

All queries on books and authors should be directed to [email protected]

Past Winners

  • The Parisan
  • Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine
  • Stone Men: The Palestinians who built Israel
  • Nabil Anani: Palestine, Land and People
  • Where the Bird Disappeared
  • In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood
  • Balfour in the Dock: J.M.N. Jeffries & the Case for the Prosecution
  • Brothers Apart: Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world
  • The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine
  • On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and other displacements
  • Gaza under Hamas: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance
  • The Commander: Fawzi Al-Qawuqji and the fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948
  • Drawing the Kafr Qasem Massacre
  • The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories
  • Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities
  • I Remember My Name
  • Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora
  • Imperial Perceptions: British influence and power in late Ottoman times
  • Gaza: A History
  • Jerusalem Interrupted: Modernity and Colonial Transformation